Monday, October 12, 2009

Just So You Know...

The SCBWI Winter Conference, which will be held in January, is calling to me. I want to go, I want to go, I want to go!

I went to the Winter Conference in 2007, and I had such a great time. I heard huge authors speak ("huge" as in reputation, not height--they were normal people, size-wise), and they were so inspirational. May I name-drop since I admit that not one of these authors is aware of my existence, thus making my name-dropping less obnoxious?
Susan Cooper, Ann Brashares, Tomie dePaola, Brian Selznick, Katherine Paterson, and Jane Yolen were all there. Seriously. We shared oxygen from the same building. While that oxygen didn't taste or smell any different from the oxygen here at home (except for when I'm near my dog Thistle who has some serious gas issues), it nourished my spirit in a special way.

Thistle - unashamed or unaware?

Hubby Jim is thinking we might be able to swing it so I can go. It's still iffy, though. I'm crossing my fingers!

Oh! I haven't said where the conference is held. New York City! I only had about two followers at the time, but I posted about how much I love New York back in June. Have I mentioned how badly I want to go to this conference? And to the SCBWI Summer Conference? They're my dream conferences.

If you could hear any writer (still living) in your genre speak, whom would you choose?

20 comments:

Corey Schwartz said...

Ah, the still living part is the problem, because of course I'd pick Dr. Seuss.

I'll have to think...

JustJoan said...

I hope you get to go to NYC Dawn! I love it there too. I've had a bit of a blogging break and I'm back...it was nice to catch up on all your news. I wish I'd known about the blogging class. Was it on the Island? Hope to see you soon...Joan

storyqueen said...

I don't think I could pick! I'd just love to hear any author speak who has something to say.

Save those pennies! You can do it!

Shelley

Susan R. Mills said...

I'd love to go to the conference too. But it isn't going to happen this winter. Maybe in the summer. I hope it works out for you.

Natalie said...

I might go to SCBWI in NY too! We'll see.

I'd love to hear Suzanne Collins speak.

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Wow! Susan Cooper! One of my all-time favorites from childhood.

That sounds like an incredible conference.

Speaking of Susan Cooper, did you see the adaptation of The Dark is Rising last year? I couldn't bear to go. It looked too different from the novel, in unfortunate Hollywood ways. :-)

Lydia Sharp said...

I hope you get to go, Dawn! Keep us updated.

My favorite sci-fi author, Joe Haldeman, is still alive. I'd love to talk to him someday, but I'd rather it be informal. He seems like the type of guy you could kick back and have a few beers with and just talk about...random stuff. I'm sure writing topics would pop-up from time to time. Bonus.

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Corey, I don't have a lot of regrets in my life, but... Theodor Geisel spoke at my school's graduation ceremony in 1990--one year before I graduated (University of San Diego). I was so caught up in getting home after the semester, I DIDN'T GO. Ugh, what a bad choice. Definitely a regret. He passed away, by the way, in September of 1991.

Thanks, Joan. Yes, it was on the island. If you're still interested, go to my last post and click on Tamara's name. Then click on "About Writer's Rainbow" in her sidebar and you'll see her email address. She may be teaching an advanced blogging class this winter. I'd ask her about it.

Shelley, it is hard to pick one--I think you're absolutely right. Maybe it wasn't the best question. Some of my YA/MG picks, though, would be Meg Cabot, Daniel Handler, and J.K. Rowling. Thanks--I'll save my pennies!

Thanks, Susan! I'm pulling for you too! :)

Natalie, we may meet in person! How cool is that?! Oh, Suzanne Collins! I'll add her to my list too.

Rosslyn, her talk was great--she and Katherine Paterson had me teary-eyed. It wasn't just because I'm a sap--other people were sniffing too. I didn't see the movie. I sometimes like to see a book I love made into a movie, but sometimes I want to preserve it in my mind the way I imagined it. I totally get it.

Thanks, Lydia! Yeah, I know what you mean. There are some people who just seem so likable, you just know they'd be fun to hang with. Someone (not a YA author) I'd love to hang out with is Mel Brooks. Mel Brooks is huge to me. I hope you get to meet Joe Haldeman at some point!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Hope you get to go to the conference! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to go to the RWA (Romance writers) national conference next year. I've been to the local writer's conference here and it was awesome, so i can only imagine it on a national scale.

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Corey, the OCD side of me wants to clarify that I fully realized you knew that Dr. Seuss had passed away. I was just pointing out the date--a little over a year after I missed hearing him. It makes it a little more poignant for me in a kind of selfish way, I suppose. He's obviously inspired you a lot--just look at your wonderful blog. :)

Thanks, Roni! I'm not a member of RWA, but I've heard about the national conference from my friend Sheila. It sounds awesome--I hope you can go!

Bane of Anubis said...

Roald Dahl and/or CS Lewis

GhostFolk.com said...

If you could hear any writer (still living) in your genre speak, whom would you choose?


You! Talking about how you got your first YA novel published.

I'm a new SCWBI member in N.C. and haven't made it to a conference yet. Dang.

P.S. I saw your "first paragraph" entry at Nathan Bransford blog and thought it was super! Oh, I don't liek chickens.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, I hope you can go!

I'd love to hear Meg Cabot or Susan Elizabeth Phillps speak.

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Bane of Anubis, Roald Dahl and/or C.S. Lewis would be amazing.

GhostFolk, thank you for the vote of confidence. Unfortunately, I'm not yet published, but someday... ;) Good luck on the conference front to you too. SCBWI is a fabulous organization.

Thanks, Jennifer. I love Meg Cabot too. I haven't read Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I just looked her up and her books sound fun!

Tamika: said...

Dawn, I pray you get to go to the conference! I know how much I want to attend my first next year.

What a wonderful husband to try and help you fulfill your dream. And New York too, amazing!

Keep us posted.

Happy writing!

Strange Fiction said...

Hope you are able to go to the conference in NYC--very exciting! Hmm--not sure I can pick an author, I'd be happy to hear any writer talk!

Stephanie Faris said...

It's funny how we get so starstruck while in the presence of our favorite authors. I too have felt that way...but I never thought about the fact that I was sharing oxygen with them!

Shelli said...

bet susan cooper was awesome

Jennifer Mann said...

I wanna go tooooo! I have not yet been, and I want so badly to go this year, and it is looking soooo
iffy! Who knows, maybe a fairy god mother will make it a go!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I met Holly Black at the SCBWI conference in L.A. this summer and I totally geeked out. We took a picture together and my smile is so wide it looks like my face is going to split open! And she wasn't the only one I went all fan girl on. Meeting all those fabulous authors was part of the fun of attending :)